GIE Media Inc. to Launch 'Hemp Grower'

GIE Media Inc. to Launch 'Hemp Grower'

Developed by the teams behind Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and Cannabis Conference, Hemp Grower will launch as a weekly newsletter and website; print magazine to launch in late 2019.

August 14, 2019

Cleveland, OH – Aug. 14, 2019 – GIE Media Inc. announced today the launch of its 18th title, Hemp Grower, which will serve the newly legal U.S. hemp industry and emerging hemp markets in North America. Hemp Grower will launch initially beginning August 20, 2019, as a weekly newsletter and a website, GIE plans to publish the first edition of the print magazine in late 2019.

Hemp Grower’s mission is to support licensed hemp cultivators by “providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, and legal issues,” says Chris Foster, president and CEO of GIE Media.  

Readers can sign up for the weekly newsletter now at and follow Hemp Grower on social media at the following accounts: @hemp_grower on Twitter, @hemp_grower on Instagram, @hempgrowermag on Facebook and at Hemp Grower on LinkedIn.

Concurrent with the launch of Hemp Grower, GIE’s Cannabis Conference 2020 will also feature a comprehensive education track dedicated to hemp growers and business owners. The event, which is the only conference exclusively focused on plant-touching cannabis businesses, takes place April 21-23 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The exposition floor will include industry-leading companies providing technologies and solutions that help hemp cultivators and businesses become more successful.

Hemp Grower will be published six times per year and will be free to hemp business owners, senior management and growers. It will join sister publications Cannabis Business Times (founded 2014) and Cannabis Dispensary (founded 2017) as the latest additions to GIE Media’s Horticulture Group, a collection of media brands serving six markets, led by Group Publisher Jim Gilbride.

“In 2019, we’re at a critical moment in history for farmers, many of whom are making decisions that will impact their business for years and decades to come. We’ve been serving the hemp market through our work with Cannabis Business Times, but we’re eager to expand our perspectives and our work to help guide farmers in their decision-making,” Gilbride says.

“Increasingly, families who grew hemp crops in the past are coming into this new legal market and working alongside farmers and business owners who are new to the space. With Hemp Grower, we’re here to offer strategies for increasing profits and driving growth in this rapidly expanding marketplace.”

Noelle Skodzinski, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and Cannabis Conference, will serve as editorial director of Hemp Grower, as well.

“We’re looking forward to building on the success we’ve found with cannabis-cultivation-focused Cannabis Business Times, now that the 2018 Farm Bill has ushered in such an incredible opportunity for hemp farmers,” Skodzinski says. “We’ll bring the same dedication and high-level educational content to Hemp Grower that we’ve delivered to cannabis cultivators throughout North America and around the world.”

Eric Sandy, Digital Editor of Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and Cannabis Conference, will lead Hemp Grower’s digital content at

Scott Anthony, National Sales Manager for Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and Cannabis Conference, will lead sales and sponsorship campaigns for Hemp Grower.

About GIE Media Inc.

GIE Media was founded in 1980 and has grown over 36 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries -- including the horticulture industry through its Horticulture Group (Greenhouse ManagementProduce GrowerNursery ManagementGarden CenterCannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and, now, Hemp Grower). The company goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals.


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